Round 14 Review

Written by Dane on August 31 2020

Hawthorn (10.11.71) defeated by Essendon (13.9.87)

Multiple Goal Kickers

Hawthorn: Howe, Scully, Gunston (2)

Essendon: Daniher (3), Hooker, Stringer, Clarke, McDonald-Tipungwuti (2)

  1. Ben McEvoy (146). His second big score in a row, playing a great game across the backline to finish with 16 disposals (12 contested), 7 marks, 5 hitouts and a great DE of 93%. Averaging 92 on the season.
  2. Zach Merrett (145). His third score above 130 in the past 4 rounds, he’s just running free in the middle of the ground at the moment. Had 36 touches for over 500 metres gained on the evening, but only had 4 contested possessions on the evening which surprisingly didn’t hold back his score too much. 
  3. Andrew McGrath (124). This career best score from McGrath took his season average to exactly 100. Had 32 touches (16 contested) with 3 tackles and 10 clearances to lead the Bombers inside brigade.
  4. Tom Mitchell (122). Another great game from the Hawks gun midfielder. Another 27 touches (12 contested) with 6 clearances and 7 tackles to net his sixth hundred in a row and tenth overall.
  5. Dylan Shiel (118). Bouncing right back from a score of 57 was Shiel, scoring his fifth ton of the year due to 25 touches and 7 tackles to round out the top 5 from this game.




Other notable scorers: The only other Hawk in triple figures was young gun Worpel (102), who had 23 touches, 6 tackles, 410 metres gained and 1 goal on the afternoon. The Bombers faired a little bit better, with another four players finishing in the low hundreds. The most notable of them was returning forward Daniher (103), who picked up 14 touches, 10 marks and 3 goals to have one of the better return games of recent memory. The other three players were Saad (102) who had over 500 metres gained, Langford (105) who had his best score of the season thanks to 27 disposals and ruckman Phillips (101), who had 10 contested possessions, 6 clearances, 7 disposals and 21 hitouts. In the 90’s was Parish, Snelling, Scrimshaw, Cousins and Gunston, none of them being that Supercoach relevant. Will Day (67) continued his strong debut season with 16 disposals, but Mosquito (42) wasn’t as good in his second game with 8 touches. Unfortunate news for injury riddled big man Patton who suffered a leg injury early in match. 

Disappointment: Unfortunately, I wasn’t switched on this week, not realising this was the first game of the round, nor that I still had the C on Zerk-Thatcher (41), who was also a late in and only finished with 7 touches. Absolutely horrid start to my finals campaign. Really it should be me copping the disappointment, very poor form, but for the 41 point effort, BZT cops it.

Richmond (14.4.88) defeated West coast (9.7.61)

Multiple Goal Kickers

Richmond: Lynch (3), Martin (2)

West Coast: Ryan, Darling (3)

  1. Bachar Houli (147). By far Bachar’s best score of the year, mind you he has only played 6 games. Was great across half-back for the Tigers with 23 touches at 87% DE, 3 tackles and 526 metres gained.
  2. Andrew Gaff (135). At only 480K, Gaff rewarded anyone who brought him in with his second best score of the season. Typically found plenty of the ball with 32 touches but also had 6 tackles on the night. 
  3. Tim Kelly (118). His best score since round 8, eventually compiling 26 disposals, 1 goal, 6 clearances and 4 tackles for his owners through the middle of the ground.
  4. Liam Duggan (117). A season best score for Duggan, his third ton in his past four outings. He gained 406 metres off half-back thanks to his 23 touches, while also laying 4 tackles.
  5. Luke Shuey (112). The Eagles skipper’s seventh ton of 2020 rounds out the top 5. Had 27 touches (14 contested) with 6 clearances, 6 tackles and around 450 metres gained on the evening.




Other notable scorers: Only two other players went into triple figure territory here. Brad Sheppard (102) continued his career best year with his third ton in a row (sixth overall) thanks to 16 touches and 4 tackles, while for the Tigers it was Balta (110) producing a career high score on the back of 16 disposals, 9 marks and 1 goal. Heaps of players in the 90’s here, especially from the Tigers. The most Supercoach relevant of them was the 17 touch, 2 goal game of Martin (97), while around him was Cotchin, Vlastuin, Bolton, Nankervis, Cotchin, Castagna and Short, while on the Eagles side the 90’s scorers were Naitanui and Ryan. Second gamer O’Neill (52) was good with 16 touches and looks a solid option if he can hold his spot, while pre-season favourite Bailey Williams (39) finally made his debut with 8 touches and 8 hitouts. Thomson Dow (49) also made his debut in this game and had 12 touches with 3 clearances through the middle of the ground. Unfortunately injuries went to important pillars of both teams by the names of Kennedy (concussion) and Grimes (hamstring).

Disappointment: I think it’s official now that Shannon Hurn (65) has lost his premium Supercoach tag. Still doing his job very well but this was his fifth score below 70.

 Western Bulldogs (9.7.61) defeated by Geelong (10.12.72)

Multiple Goal Kickers

Western Bulldogs: Naughton (2)

Geelong: Hawkins, Miers, Rohan (2)

  1. Patrick Dangerfield (132). The Cats champ took control of this game after half time, ultimately recording 32 disposals (19 contested) with 6 clearances and over 500 metres gained, his fourth big score in a row.
  2. Lachie Hunter/Marcus Bontempelli (122). A couple of left-footed Dogs here. Hunter had increased his average a full 15 points this season (109 against 94), this week recording his second best score of the year with a 27 disposal, 1 goal effort, while Bont made it five in a row with a 14 touch, 1 goal, 10 tackle game.
  3. Gary Rohan (121). 10 disposals, 4 tackles and 2 goals for one of the fastest players in the game, making it three tons in four games (the other being a grim score of 32 though).
  4. Cameron Guthrie (114). Someone who hasn’t produced many grim scores this season is the dreadlocked Cat, this his eighth ton of the season. 21 touches with 5 tackles through the middle, while only competing in 68% game time.
  5. Caleb Daniel (110). Rounding out the top 5 was the Dogs backline distributor, who had 20 touches (75% DE) and over 400 metres gained, ultimately scoring his first ton since round 9.




Other notable scorers: Tom Hawkins (105) stretched out his Coleman lead with another 2 goals from his 14 disposal effort, while ruckman Stanley made it three tons out of four with his 16 disposal, 1 goal, 19 hitout game resulting in 109 points. Down back, Tom Stewart made it four tons in a row thanks to his 9 mark, 22 touch game (95% DE) resulting in 104 points, but thats where the scoring stopped for the Cats, the next best being Dahlhaus on 90 points. Over for the Dogs, they had Naughton finish on 98 points thanks to his solid game that included 2 goals, while a triple treat of 96’s went to popular picks Johanissen, Macrae and Dunkley. No other really mentionable scores of debuts from this game, so the injuries unfortunately went to first year player Vandermeer (hamstring) and veteran defender Easton Wood (also hamstring).

Disappointment: A couple of Cats midfielders by the names of Duncan (80) and Menegola (68) were down on their recent form.

Port Adelaide (11.7.73) defeated Sydney (7.5.47)

Multiple Goal Kickers

Port Adelaide: Dixon (4), Gray (2)

Sydney: Reid (2)

  1. Robbie Gray (149). Gray enjoyed a split of time between the middle of the ground and up forward, finishing with 27 touches (13 contested), 5 clearances, 6 tackles and 2 goals. His best score since round 2, 2017.
  2. Charlie Dixon (143). After a couple of really quiet weeks, Charlie returned in a big way to score his fifth hundred of the year. His bag of 4 goals from 13 touches and 6 marks puts him into third spot in the Coleman medal.
  3. Jake Lloyd (141). Another week and another great Supercoach score for Lloyd. Played his usual role to have 31 touches (24 kicks) with a great DE of 83%. His eighth time finishing in the top 5 this season.
  4. Ollie Wines (133). Seventh hundred of the year for the former co-captain. 22 touches (10 contested), with 6 clearances, 7 tackles, 1 goal and 464 metres gained meant his season average now sits at 105, a career best.
  5. Travis Boak (116). Another stellar game for Boak, looking good for a podium finish at the Brownlow. 20 touches, 4 tackles, 1 goal and almost 500 metres gained meant he rounded out the top 5.




Other notable scorers: After these scores came a pair of 110’s to Tom Rockliff and Jordan Dawson. Both players have been really consistent in the last 4-5 rounds of footy, with Rockliff scoring his fifth ton in six games from 24 touches and 7 clearances, while Dawson pushed his 4 round average to 103 with a 16 disposal, 6 tackle, 1 goal effort. Callum Mills (104) also joined the 100 point club thanks to his game of 20 touches (95% DE) to push his season average slightly above 100 points. In the 90’s was one of the most consistent Supercoach of the past decade in Josh Kennedy (96), who had 28 touches and 4 tackles (actually averaging 100 if you exclude his injury affected 18), as well as youngsters Clarke (94) and the arrow-shooting Xavier Duursma (98). No debuts here but the majority of Swans youngsters in Fox (83), Wicks (68), Bell (35) and the returning McInerney (42) all scored well enough to continue their price rises. No injuries here either but Butters overcame a knee issue to finish on a respectable score of 88 from 13 touches and 1 goal.

Disappointment: Maybe it’s Kennedy back in the team, but Parker (73) has now had back-to-back underwhelming games by his lofty standards. Only 18 touches with 6 tackles this week.

Fremantle (8.5.53) defeated by GWS (14.7.91)

Multiple Goal Kickers

Fremantle: Taberner, Mundy (2)

GWS: Cameron, Riccardi (4), Hill (2)

  1.  Lachie Whitfield (167). Take away his injury affected score of 8 and his season average is 112, slightly higher than last season. Despite his slow start, has only gone below 100 once since round 5, this latest one a season best due to his 31 touches, 9 marks and 537 metres gained.
  2. David Mundy (123). The fifth ton in six games for the 300 game champion from Fremantle. A classic display of 20 touches, 8 tackles and 2 goals through the middle of the ground and up forward.
  3. Adam Cerra (118). A big jump of 26 points this year in terms of average, Cerra is seemingly turning into the player Fremantle hoped for when they took him at pick 5. His fourth ton of the year came from 24 touches and 5 tackles playing inside midfield.
  4. Jacob Hopper/Stephen Coniglio (117). A pair of Giants midfielders tied up here, with Hopper recording 23 touches (11 contested), 4 clearances and 6 tackles for the game, while Congilio had 24 touches and 4 tackles.
  5.  Andrew Bradshaw (115). Another youngster who has bloomed this year for Fremantle. His praises have been sung a lot already, but his season average of 106 is up 36 points from last year, a massive jump. The latest hundred came from 24 touches and 8 tackles.


Other notable scorers: Only two more players hit the ton here, with both of them coming from the Giants. Big forward Jeremy Cameron (108) produced probably his best football performance of the season with 4 goals, 8 marks and 18 disposals (priced at a very budgeted price of around 320K by the way), while the other was in-and-under midfielder Taranto, who had a point less from his 25 touches and 1 goal. Premium defender Haynes (96) kept his outstanding season going with a 17 touch, 7 mark performance, while the only other player within ten points of the magical figure was second-game wonder Jake Riccardi (94), who kicked 4 goals from 12 touches and 9 marks, where has he been all year! Plenty of smaller scores here in the 60-80 range, the most popular of them premium forwards Walters (82) and Greene (74). Ian Hill (84) kicked 2 goals from 13 touches and is only just over 200K, while second-gamer Henry (33) kicked 1 goal from 8 touches. Unfortunately for owners of Josh Kelly, his game finished before halftime due to concussion. He was completely flying up until that point though, scoring 74 points from 11 touches and 5 tackles, looked set for 150+.

Disappointment: His score of 87 wasn’t that bad considering he only had 11 touches and was tagged by De Boer, but this now marks back-to-back 80’s for Nat Fyfe. Luke Ryan (67) would’ve got the first mention if it wasn’t his eight tons in a row prior to this game.

Melbourne (8.4.52) defeated St Kilda (7.7.49)

Multiple Goal Kickers

Melbourne: Petracca (4), Weideman (2)

St Kilda: Zilch

  1. Jack Steele (151). When it’s all said and done, there’s a fair chance that losing this bloke will be GWS’s biggest regret. He produced another outstanding game against Melbourne with 26 touches (15 contested), 8 clearances and 1 goal, while also gaining over 450 metres. Should earn an All-Aus for his season.
  2. Steven May (149). Surely this is the best form of his career? May produced another stellar game, falling two points shy of his career best thanks to 22 touches, 9 marks and 12 intercept possessions, including 6 intercept marks.
  3. Max Gawn (135). First game since round 10 and Gawn didn’t seem like he’d missed a beat! Despite pretty decent opposition ruckman, he still gathered 15 touches, kicked 1 goal and amassed 30 hitouts.
  4. Clayton Oliver (134). With a low of 96 this year and no scores under 100 since round 6, Oliver has brought coaches plenty of smiles in 2020. Another 24 touches (16 contested), 6 clearances and 4 tackles against the Saints on Saturday evening.
  5. Rowan Marshall (129). Speaking of Gawn’s opposing ruckman, one of them rounds out the top 5 here. Marshall had 13 disposals, 6 marks and 1 goal to go with 11 hitouts to bring his season average to 105.




Other notable scorers: Despite the high scores in the top 5, there were still some very decent returns to note in this game. Chirstian Petracca would’ve made up spot number 6 for his 4 goal, 15 touch, 127 point game, while next best would’ve been Ed Langdon for his 120 point effort on the back of 22 touches and 453 metres gained. Finishing off the high scoring for the Demons Christain Salem (116), who returned a season best score thanks to a 21 disposal effort that ran at 85% DE. For St Kilda, it was the hard-running Bradley Hill (111) producing a season best score thanks to 27 touches at 82% DE, while reliable defender Wilkie finished on exactly 100, his third of the year, thanks to 15 touches at 80% DE. The 20 touch, 8 tackle game of Zak Jones (93). was the only player close to the triple figure mark, with only another 5 players going above 80 for the game. Trent Rivers (68) returned his best score this season from 16 touches and 6 marks, while Josh Wagner was one of those players in the 80’s (87 to be exact) in his first game of the season, ultimately finishing with 15 touches and 5 marks.

Disappointment: Has been splendid as a money-maker up forward but this was Max King’s worst return, only registering 26 points from 3 touches and 1 goal.

Carlton (7.6.48) defeated by Collingwood (10.12.72)

Multiple Goal Kickers

Carlton: Betts (2)

Collingwood: Thomas, Stephenson, Mihocek, Cox (2)

  1. Brodie Grundy (127). Another great score here from Grundy, his seventh above 125 this year. Gathered 12 disposals around the ground (10 contested), as well as 3 tackles and 34 hitouts to lead all scorers.
  2. Jack Crisp (125). Only his second hundred since round 7, but this was a season best return. Provided great run off half-back with 495 metres gained from his 25 touches, as well as taking 12 marks.
  3. Sam Docherty (125).Finally!”, screamed all the coaches who own Docherty on Sunday afternoon. He provided his best score since round 4 with this 19 touch (89% DE) effort. Still averaging 97 on the season.
  4. Ed Curnow (119). Notched his third triple figure score in as many weeks thanks to a big second half that meant he finished with 22 touches and 9 tackles playing his usual inside midfield role. A chance to win his first John Nicholls medal.
  5. Taylor Adams (117). His seventh time in the top 5 scores this season. Adams finished with 23 touches (17 contested) with 5 tackles and 7 clearances in just 67% game time.




Other notable scorers: Just missing out on the top five scores was Carlton young gun Sam Walsh (113), who is averaging 108 since round 7. This week he compiled 22 touches, 4 tackles and 1 goal to be the only other Blue in triple figure territory. For Collingwood, Josh Daicos (108) capped off another magnificent performance of 21 touches with a goal in the last term to shut the door on the Blues, while down back Darcy Moore (101) kept McKay extremely quiet while still gathering 18 touches and 7 marks himself. Several players in the 90’s in this game, including the returning Qauynor, the 19 touch games of Phillips and Pendlebury, the defensive effort of Weitering and finally, the ever improving Will Setterfield. Cripps (81) looked to have seriously hurt his knee in the last quarter but continued on, while just before that, his collision with Mayne meant the reliable Collingwood utility finished up early with what seemed like concussion. 

Disappointment: He started on a high and looked promising, but now Marc Pittonet (53) hasn’t gone above 80 since round 6, for an average of 56 since then.

Gold Coast (12.19) defeated North Melbourne (4.4.28)

Multiple Goal Kickers

Gold Coast: Sexton (4), King, Day (2)

North Melbourne: Wood (2)

  1. Ben Ainsworth (142). The number 4 pick from just a couple of drafts ago turned in his best career score on the weekend courtesy of 23 touches, 11 marks and 1 goal, while also recording a huge 15 score involvements.
  2. Izak Rankine (130). The second year star continued his outstanding debut season, this week posting the best score of his short career thanks to an outstanding first half. Ultimately finished with 13 disposals (11 contested), 1 goal and 9 score involvements. 
  3. Hugh Greenwood (118). Back-to-back tons for Hugh after a lean patch of 5 weeks under the magical number. 23 touches (16 contested) with 6 tackles all made for a solid score. 
  4. Noah Anderson (116). Another Suns youngster here having a stellar game, finishing up with 23 disposals of his own with a goal of the week contender. His second ton of the season.
  5. Jarrod Witts (116). Rounding out the top 5 was the Suns big man. Had 25 hitouts to go along with 16 disposals and 4 clearances for his fifth ton of the year.




Other notable scorers: Joining the previously five mentioned Suns in the hundred club was reliable midfielder Touk Miller (110), who turned in his tenth hundred of the year on the back of 23 touches (10 clearances). For North Melbourne, there wasn’t much to celebrate, with only defenders Tarrant (111) and Atley (109) reaching the triple figure range. Atley finished with 17 touches coming out of the backline, running at 82% DE, while Tarrant also had 17 touches, grabbed 4 marks and ran at a better DE of 88%. In the 90’s for both clubs was big Suns forward Day, North ruckman Goldstein and one of the form defenders of the competition, Luke McDonald. No injuries or debuts in this game as far as I could tell, so that pretty much wraps up round 14!

Disappointment: Legitimately any North Melbourne player you own apart from the previously mentioned ones, Higgins (57) probably the most disappointing of them all.







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4 thoughts on “Round 14 Review”

  1. It could have been worse, Dane. You could have deliberately put the C on Ryan like I did. 8 tons in a row and up against a team that hadn’t exactly been setting the world on fire? I thought he’d do OK.

    More fool me.



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